February 23, Kathmandu
The fire in three community forests in Galkot of Baglung district has been brought under control after 18 hours. The fire that broke out in the community forest of Galkot Municipality-5 and 7 on Monday afternoon was brought under control this morning with the active participation of locals and police.
Thum Kumari Thapa, the chairperson of the Thulachaur Women's Community Forest Users Committee, said that community forest users have been deployed to control the fire overnight as forest production and settlements were at risk.
She said that millions of rupees have been lost due to the fire in Dansingdanda Community Forest of Galkot Municipality-5, Gaganpani Community Forest, and Thulachaur Community Forest of Ward No. 7. The fire started from Bhanse Dansingdanda Community Forest, Galkot Municipality-5, and spread to Gaganpani Community Forest and Thulachaur Community Forest of the neighboring ward.
The fire was brought under control in the morning by constructing a fire line at night, said Subedar Tika Bahadur Thapa, Ward Chairman of Galkot Municipality-7. The locals had constructed a fire line by clearing the dirt road connecting Mandaradansingh across the Malma River in Thulachaur Community Forest. Sunita Sahani Thapa, secretary of the Thulachaur Community Forest Users' Committee, said that about 200 people lined up and carried water in buckets. Social worker Baburam Thapa said that they managed to extinguish the fire with the help of a mobile and torchlight.
The settlements near the forest were at high risk of fire across the river, Sahanidanda, Naraudi, and Mandara. The fire was brought under control after 17 and 18 hours. The fire has burnt about 40 hectares of Dansingdanda Community Forest, five hectares of Gaganpani Community Forest, and 80 hectares of Thulachaur Community Forest. The fire has destroyed wildlife, birds, and trees in the forest area.
The fire has damaged tens of millions of rupees in three community forests. Locals of Area Police Office, Galkot, Galkot Municipality-5, Harichaur, Teuwa, Dansingdanda, Mandara, and Sardakhet were deployed to put out the fire.